Daring Designer Claude Montana Bares His Latest Shocker: a Return to Tradition
updated 11/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
His prices, though, remain out-of-this-world: for example, up to $4,500 for a black suede dress. But that didn't seem to concern the fashion arbiters who packed a huge tent in the courtyard outside the Louvre, where Montana's spring collection was previewed. For 37 minutes they watched as some of the world's top models (including U.S. cover girls Iman and Esmé) strutted Montana's spectacular stuff. When the designer himself appeared onstage at the end, the audience leapt to its feet in ardent admiration. Exclaimed New York clothing executive Bernard Ozer, "That's why we like Claude so much. He knows we didn't come all this way to see boring Doris Day dresses."